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Come One, Come all to an HP Webcast Series-- Learn about what's new in HP Apps 11!

Jump start the new year with a webcast series that will give you the specific about what's new in HP's Applications 11 releases.   If the 11 Launch at HP Software Universe peaked your interest, these webcasts will give you the specifics of the new capabilities and innovations in this broad set of product releases.

HP Application Lifecycle Management 11.0 – Project Planning and Tracking

Today, many organizations are struggling to support thousands of applications with myriad environments that all need to work together.  This is compounded by reduced budgets and resources to support that portfolio of applications.  Decisions need to be made on which applications to retire and consolidate and projects put in place to implement those decisions.


The new project management capabilities available in HP ALM 11.0 can help IT by providing a simple framework to track lifecycle steps in their project and release cycles.  Milestones have been added to the Management module and can be defined to represent an overall management process for each release.  Each step in the process can be tied to requirements scope, that includes test coverage and eventually any defects associated to that requirement.


All of this is available for reporting back to executive management and team members, by using Key Performance Indicators (KPI).  Another new feature in ALM 11.0, KPI’s are linked to milestones and are based on ALM entities that will display graphical results over a specified time period.  The resulting graph can be displayed on an external portal or wiki, or the dashboard within ALM and team members can quickly understand if they are ahead or behind on their deliverables. 


A list of the out-of-the-box KPIs:


Authored Tests

Calculates the number of tests that their planning status is set to "Ready"

Automated Tests

Calculates the percentage of automated tests

Covered Requirements

Calculates the percentage of requirements covered by at least one test

Defects Fixed per Day

Calculates the number of defects fixed per day

Passed Requirements

Calculates the percentage of requirements that all their covered tests have an execution status of "Passed"

Passed Tests

Calculates the percentage of tests that their last run has an execution status of "Passed"

Rejected Defects

Calculates the percentage of rejected defects

Reviewed Requirements

Calculates the percentage of business or functional requirements that have been reviewed

Severe Defects

Calculates the number of defects assigned a severity level of 5-Urgent or 4-Very High out of defects with the status of New, Open or Reopened

Test Instances Executed

Calculates the percentage of executed test instances

Tests Executed

Calculates the percentage of executed tests


Custom KPI’s are available and can be created to support specific metrics that an organization tracks for its own lifecycle process.


It is critical that organizations have a clear view of the entire application lifecycle process to help them make informed decisions about releasing quality software to the operations side of the business.  The new milestone and KPI functionality will help IT to better track and report on their lifecycle stages as they navigate through the consolidation of their application portfolio. 


How is your company handling application transformation?  And how should IT organize the deliverables and track their progress as they embark on this journey?  Chime in with solutions that your company has implemented or ideas that they hope to implement to support Application Lifecycle Management.


Project Planning and Tracking in action:

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  • Brian is a Product Marketing Manager for Application Development Management Solutions with and previously for Project and Application Portfolio Management, with extensive experience in presales and implementation roles.
  • I have more than 12 years in IT, with over 10 years working with the HP Quality Management suite of tools—seven as a Professional Services consultant for Mercury/HP. Additionally, I am the Regional Practice Lead for the Quality Management Strategy and Solutions organization which helps drive inovation in the areas of Best Practices and constancy of delivery.
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  • Kelly has over 20 years experience with enterprise systems and software in individual contributor and manager roles across product management, business development and product marketing. A majority of my focus has been in areas directly related to applications spanning from developer environments, enterprise Java, integration middleware, SOA infrastructure, SOA Governance and now application lifecycle management. Kelly has a B.S. in Computer Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and an MBA from the University of Santa Clara.
  • Malcolm is a functional architect, focusing on best practices and methodologies across the software development lifecycle.
  • Michael Deady is a Pr. Consultant & Solution Architect for HP Professional Service and HP's ALM Evangelist for IT Experts Community. He specializes in software development, testing, and security. He also loves science fiction movies and anything to do with Texas.
  • Backed up with over 20 years of IT experience ranging from Application Development, QA, Product Management and Product Marketing, Ofer Spiegel has acquired deep insight into the intricacies of Enterprise IT and its versatile challenges.
  • HP IT Distinguished Technologist. Tooling HP's R&D and IT for product development processes and tools.
  • 36-year HP employee that writes technical information for HP Software Customers.
  • WW Sr Product Marketing Manager for HP ITPS VP of Apps & HP Load Runner
  • Areas of expertise include project/portfolio management, software education and application lifecycle management
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